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Band Dynamics (2)

  • 1968 : David Gilmour replaces founding member Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. A high-profile acid casualty, Barrett has checked into a mental hospital.
  • 1980 : Bill Wyman announces that he is leaving The Rolling Stones, but is convinced to stay on, which he does until 1992.

Births (11)

  • 1914 : Pee Wee King
  • 1933 : Yoko Ono
  • 1941 : Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers)
  • 1941 : Irma Thomas
  • 1947 : Dennis DeYoung (Styx)
  • 1948 : Keith Knudsen (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1952 : Juice Newton
  • 1953 : Robbie Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • 1953 : Derek Pellicci (Little River Band)
  • 1954 : John Travolta
  • 1965 : Dr. Dre

Certifications and Milestones (1)

  • 1972 : Neil Young's album Harvest is certified gold

Charts (4)

  • 1956 : Kay Starr's "Rock and Roll Waltz" hits #1
  • 1967 : The Buckinghams' "Kind of a Drag" hits #1
  • 1977 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Manfred Mann's Earth Band's Blinded By The Light
  • 1987 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer

Concerts and Festivals (1)

  • 2003 : Jet plays their first of eight shows opening for the Rolling Stones on the Australian leg of their Licks World Tour. The band had to stop recording on their debut album Get Born in Los Angeles to fly home and jump on the opportunity. The intimate gig–for the Stones anyway–is held at Sydney's Enmore Theater in front of 2000 or so lucky fans.

Deaths (1)

  • 2003 : Johnny Paycheck

Debuts (2)

  • 1927 : The "first great voice of the air," Jessica Dragonette, makes her radio debut on Cities Service Concerts.
  • 1973 : The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Incidents (2)

  • 1973 : At Elvis Presley's concert in Las Vegas, 4 men climb on stage and try to shake his hand. They are quickly thwarted by security and Elvis' bass player Jerry Scheff. Elvis tells the crowd, " immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."
  • 1977: Fela Kuti's residence is sacked by nearly a thousand soldiers, inspiring his song "Zombie."

Legal Issues (1)

  • 1999: Pop star turned disc jockey Bob Geldof, organizer of Live Aid, wins substantial but undisclosed damages from The Sun newspaper in London in a libel case over a story in which it falsely alleges that he had "groped, fondled and kissed" a nightclub stripper.

Marriages and Breakups (2)

  • 1969 : The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb marries Lulu at St. James' Church, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. Three thousand fans turn out to see the nuptials.
  • 2001 : James Taylor marries his longtime girlfriend Kim Smedvig at a small ceremony in Boston. It's Taylor's third wedding, and later in 2001 the couple have twin boys through a surrogate mother.

Miscellaneous (4)

  • 1959 : While on leave from the US Army in Paris, Elvis Presley visits the famous Lido Club, performing an impromptu show there.
  • 1964 : The Beatles meet Muhammed Ali (known at the time as Cassius Clay) when they are visiting Miami.
  • 1965: The Beatles publishing company, Northern Songs, is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • 1968 : Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, along with their female companions, head to Rishikesh, India to join the other two members of The Beatles in studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Movies (2)

  • 1938 : Bob Hope's film The Big Broadcast of 1938 debuts in New York. The film introduces Hope's signature song, "Thanks For The Memory."
  • 1980 : Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy, Caveman.

Recordings (4)

  • 1942 : The Mills Brothers, "Paper Doll"
  • 1959 : Ray Charles, "What'd I Say"
  • 1965 : The Beatles: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Tell Me What You See
  • 1969: Elvis Presley: "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind," "Power of My Love," "After Loving You"

Releases (2)

  • 1974 : Ringo Starr, "Oh My My"
  • 1974 : KISS, KISS

TV, Radio, Press (1)

  • 1998 : Robert Smith of The Cure battles Barbra Streisand on the show South Park.